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Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout - Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's

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Wolaver's Oatmeal StoutWolaver's Oatmeal Stout

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816 Ratings

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Ratings: 816
Reviews: 384
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 28
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 11-12-2003)
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Photo of jmz62565


3.8/5  rDev -4.3%

This pours a jet black with a large tan head. The head is foamy and very long lasting.The smell is weak,but you can detect some roasted malt. The taste has alot of roasted malt with some coffee flavor. The texture is very creamy and delicious. The m/f is medium and well balanced. This is another good brew from Otter Creek and I'll buy this again.

03-10-2006 06:32:52 | More by jmz62565
Photo of feloniousmonk


4.38/5  rDev +10.3%

Muddy brown, utterly opaque, under a thick, gooey, cocoa tan head. Nice looking, indeed!

Nose burst with cocoa, rich and powdery at once, with bittersweet espresso hints at the side. Very nice. I'll drink it in as often as I can...ahhh!!!

Tastin' it...big chocolate all over the mouth, thick presence on the palate, powerfully rich and damnably delicious. A humdinger, this one. Dry cocoa feel persists and remains strong on the palate, leaving the dusky husky flavor all over the mouth. Quite an impact!

Full bodied, to say the least, with a long, bittersweet, lightly hoppy, abundantly malty finish.

I really like this one. Makes an impact, and imparts deliciousness. Can't beat that!

03-03-2006 10:45:35 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of Kendo

New York

3.98/5  rDev +0.3%

Another one from BEFF's in town. Poured dark brown, almost black in color with a creamy head.

Scent: very coffee-like, though I could discern both the hops and the malt as I sniffed deeply (gathering stares and comments from the folks at the bar). Decent balance, though the coffee dominated.

Taste: Espresso, coffee, roasted malts. Bitterness that seemed more like it came from roasted coffee beans than from beer hops. Malt added to the balance somewhat, but did I mention coffee?

Mouthfeel: surprisingly it seemed a bit light on the mouth, not at all like an Imperial Stout or even some other Oatmeal Stouts I've had, and given the overwhelming espresso flavor, I expected it to have more heft than it did.

Drinkability: I'm not a coffee connoiseur, so I didn't find this to be as drinkable as many other stouts. I didn't find the tastes to be disgusting or "off" however, it's just that I'm not big on coffee. And I do think the coffee taste predominates. If you like coffee you'll probably find this to be extremely drinkable. Though I certainly wouldn't consider this to be a session stout a la Guinness. . . .

02-23-2006 19:43:04 | More by Kendo
Photo of MaltyGoodness


3.58/5  rDev -9.8%

12oz. bottle

Pours a very dark brown with a creamy white head that scatters. Decent lacing on the glass.

Deep dark roasted aroma with some espresso and chocolate tones. Smells very robust.

Rich roasted flavor upfront with deep coffee and mocha notes. However, it dies quickly and leaves bitter aftertaste. Not a hop bitterness, but rather a black coffee bitterness.

Body is thin, could use more carbonation.

Prety drinkable, it just falls a bit short.

02-17-2006 03:00:57 | More by MaltyGoodness
Photo of ChuckD

New York

4.22/5  rDev +6.3%

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Nice creamy, tawny head sits atop black/brown thickness. Ideal laces make their way down the glass.

To the nose, a roasty sweetness. A hint of a hop bite - but slight. The normal oatmeal sourness is in the back.

In the mouth is where this beer excels. It provides layers and layers of maltiness -each with its own characteristics. The taste is wonderful. The feel of it matches properly. Heavy, chewy body - but not enough to turn away another sip. Very drinkable.

This is a smooth drinker. There is a hop presence - but vague enough just to cut the malts. Nice, somewhat dry finish.

Musings: I am an oatmeal guy. This one is very good. Easily drinkable but retaining its own uniqueness. I wouldn't put it over its VT cousin, McNeill's - but its definitely a contender.

02-12-2006 15:14:28 | More by ChuckD
Photo of NEhophead


4.1/5  rDev +3.3%

Foamy, coffee colored head a top a coal/very deep brown color. Thin and somewhat intricate lacing with good strength.

Sweet milk chocolate; rich, roasted malt aromas. Freshly ground coffee beans; hints of cream and caramel.

Intensely bitter roasted chocolate malts; notes of hazlenut and other overn-baked nuts. Strong cafe flavors: creamy, a touch sweet; yet, bold and and raw. The roasted oat presence is very noticeable. Very dry finish followed by a caramel, coffee, and bitter chocolate aftertaste.

Full bodied; dry, gritty, and robust mouthfeel.

A great version of the style. Robust flavors; a little rough around the edges, but perfect for a bold take on the style. My favorite Otter Creek/Wolaver's offering to date.

02-11-2006 03:29:13 | More by NEhophead
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev -4.3%

Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout

Appearance- dark brown with a thick creamy head.
Smell- light roasted hops with a hint of oatmeal grain.
Taste- roasted coffee with a creamy body. Hints of cocoa.
Mouthfeel- smooth and warming.

Overall- A nice session beer. I could easily drink this all night.

01-29-2006 19:29:03 | More by NJpadreFan
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3.38/5  rDev -14.9%

Appearance- Opaque maple color. Pillowy tan head. Stubborn streaks of lace remain on the glass as the head dissipates.

Smell- Sweet, toasted malt, reminiscent of dark chocolate and caramel. Moderate alcohol presence in the nose.

Taste- Intricate, roasty malt profile. Low levels of carbonation. Smooth, but not creamy; it could definitely stand to be fuller-bodied. Delicately hopped; the hops leave a slight tingle in the aftertaste.

Verdict- Enjoyable flavors, but the mouthfeel is pretty thin. This would be a top oatmeal stout if the mouthfeel weren't so hollow.

01-23-2006 06:59:03 | More by bearrunner44
Photo of chOAKbarrell


3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Barely-there head on this beer, even with a strong pour. What little head there was quickly vanished. Disappointing.

Well, things can only go up from there, right? The smell is pretty rockin. Bold and earthy with a strong malty sweetness.

The taste is good, but there's something missing. There doesnt seem to be much of a finish to this beer. The caramel, the malt, the breadiness, its all there, but then it just kind of drops off into nowhereland.

I thought the mouthfeel was thin. I suppose this could be a good thing if you're looking for a lighter, easier-drinking stout.

Maybe worth a try out of curiousity, if you're a fan of this style. Not a bad beer, but not very memorable.

01-13-2006 00:03:10 | More by chOAKbarrell
Photo of riversider76

New York

3.53/5  rDev -11.1%

This is my first time trying oatmeal beer. Pours a very dark brown,with a slight redish hue.Tan head,and good lace. Smelled like a Dunkel Weizen. Mouthfeel was light and flat. Taste was of oats and malt. It was lighter than I expected,and had a burnt edge.Not bad, but I was expecting more.

01-08-2006 00:28:10 | More by riversider76
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3.55/5  rDev -10.6%

Poured from the half-gallon black growler into a basic pint glass the beer was a near pitch black with a half finger of light brown head. An agressive pour from the growler will still only yeild a small head (but that's to be expected). No signs of carbonation, but some spotty lace down the sides of the glass throughout the sample.

Some strong roasted malt and grain in the nose. A slight hop presence complimented by chocolate, slight coffee, oatmeal, and cream.

The taste delivers an immediate roasted character of oatmeal, malt, and chocolate. This taste is quickly countered by an semi-pronounced hop profile that's more than what I would expect from the style. This throws the balance a little off for me. Still a smooth to the finish taste that finishes with a creamy consistancy.

Medium body lacking a sturdy stout consistancy: a little thin for my taste and the style. Very little carbonation.

This is not one of my favorite examples of the style but an okay stab nonetheless. I thought the body was a little thin and the hop/malt balance favored the hops a bit too much. Still enjoyable, just not one I'll long for.

12-21-2005 16:53:19 | More by Sycodrummer
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4.33/5  rDev +9.1%

A: Pours a dark brown with a cream colored one finger foamy head that holds its weight during the session. Leaves great lace that looked like a Kandinsky print!

S: Coffee, nutty, chocolatey with a bit of roastyness in there also.

T: Tastes like toffee, chocolate, and a bit of coffee also. There is a little bitter aftertaste, which is nice, goes away pretty fast to make way for the irish cream type finish.

M & D: Mouthfeel is very good, goes down smooth. Wolaver's has done it again, hats off to Otter Creek and upstate Vermont!

11-29-2005 23:02:34 | More by bjohnson
Photo of wcudwight

North Carolina

4.68/5  rDev +17.9%

Pours black. No brown hues, no light, nothing. Just a pitch dark black. Thin head. Aroma of sweet, rich, dark, strong, coffee and brown sugar. Taste is exceptional. Sweet raosted malts. Strong coffee taste. Balanced by some hop character and spices. It has a nice velvety mouthfeel. Feels viscous and thick in the mouth. I wouldn't consider this a session brew because it is very filling. That aside it is very drinkable because it's so damn tasty. If this is Wolaver's first dark beer, I request many, many more.

11-23-2005 14:50:02 | More by wcudwight
Photo of unknownlamer

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -0.5%

Bottled on 08/25/2005.

Pours a not quite black with ruby around the edges, and a fairly small brown head (my glass may have been to blame for that because it was accidentally run through the washer). It smells deliciously roasty.

The flavor is roasty with a bit of a chocolate taste. It has all of the stout flavor without a hugely bitter finish. It leaves a mild burnt taste in the mouth for a little while after swallowing. All in all really nice and smooth if a bit thinner than the taste would suggest (I noticed that the Pale Ale had a similar level of carbonation). I'll be getting this again.

11-16-2005 04:32:11 | More by unknownlamer
Photo of DarkerTheBetter


4.13/5  rDev +4%

Wolaver’s Oatmeal Stout

The color’s a little on the light side, but it’s a nice shade of mahogany. Not much head at all.

Smells great. Great roasted character that is more chocolate than coffee, and the oatmeal really comes through.

Good roasting in the flavor with a great taste of oats. Again, the roasted flavor is more chocolate than coffee. Finishes with a strange but oddly pleasant hop and sour combination that follows nicely from the chocolate and leaves the palate eager for the next sip.

Fantastic in the mouth! A bit thick with plenty of carbonation that gets quite active when swallowing. A lot of fun.

This is a nice sipper. Playful, yet easy going. If there ever was a stout for warmer months, this is it.

10-05-2005 02:04:08 | More by DarkerTheBetter
Photo of BrewMan13

New York

3.6/5  rDev -9.3%

I was a little excited to get this as its ~4.0 rated beer here and very reasonable price-wise <$7/6pack. Anyway, it pours out slightly lighter then your typical stout...well, its mostly black with some high-lights on the edges. A fairly small head emerges when all is said and done. A burnt aroma is the only really noticeable smell.
My 1st impression with the taste is the burnt quality I noticed in the aroma. Reminds me a little of their Stovepipe-porter in that regard. Becomes less astringent at the end of the swallow. No hints of sweetness typical of oatmeal stouts. Mouthfeel is on the thin side as well for this type of stout. My personal favorites of the style are Anderson valley barney flats (due to its robustness) and Samuel Smith's (for its flavor). But this one falls flat compared to those. Still a fairly enjoyable beer, but nothing to set it apart. TBH, I'm surprised its a ~4.0 beer, as it pretty much comes up a little short in most aspects.

09-26-2005 03:37:30 | More by BrewMan13
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3.58/5  rDev -9.8%

Bottled on 10/18/04, batch #1635

Pours black with hints of red around the edges. Little to no head. Smells strongly of roasted grain. Burnt toast, with a bit of coffee.

First taste is coffee. Roasted… no… BURNT grain. Medium to light body. Light for an oatmeal stout. Bitter, burnt flavor lingers long into the aftertaste and into the back of the mouth.

OK, but there are plenty of others in this category I prefer. Just being organic is not enough incentive for me to seek this out.

09-21-2005 21:42:32 | More by sacfly
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

This is my first reveiw so be patient. Bar none, this is the best beer I have ever drank. And I have drank a lot of beer, limited only (untill recently) by NC's 6% cap. As soon as this beer hits your mouth the roasted oatmeal comes alive. (pauses for another swig) Wow!! There is nothing but the sheer grace of a higher power coming from this bottle. If you have never treated yourself to a Wolavers please do so. When I am fortunate enough to have this beer in my refrigerator, the fridge smiles back at me. Too bad I have to drive an hour each way just to get this beer. But if that is what it takes.

09-07-2005 23:33:15 | More by Enola
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3.85/5  rDev -3%

I held off buying this beer for some time because “Certified Organic” = Certified Lame in my book. Last night, however, I decided to overlook this hippie propaganda and try this beer.

It pours thin. The beer is a little bit too light in color. You can easily see through it compared to other stouts and has an unimpressive head.

Smells like wonderfully roasted, fresh coffee beans.

Tastes the same with some notes of toffee and chocolate. The finish is slightly bitter and consists of grassy or grainy hops.

Very Drinkable. Relatively full flavor but not heavy.

Will drink again sometime when I am in the mood for stout flavor without the sometimes hefty feel.

08-27-2005 21:05:47 | More by DaPeculierDane
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New York

3.8/5  rDev -4.3%

Not bad. Bottle has a bottled on date and a batch number. This beer pours what appears to be a deep brown, but when held up to the light tints of red glow through. A minimal head forms and disappears but laces the glass well. The smell is of chocolate and roasted goodness. The taste is much like the smell, hints of chocolate and just roasted. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated, but nice. It still seems a little light on the palate, but this is a good beer. After a few of these I would feel quite filled.

08-27-2005 05:17:39 | More by LucaBrasi
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3.95/5  rDev -0.5%

poured a deep brown color with reddish notes. Tannish head was impressive. Smell is of toasted malt, coffee, and chocolate. Taste is pf toasted malt, coffee, and caramel with a nice dry bitterness. Fishished with a bitter malt flavor. A very good oatmeal stout

08-12-2005 14:58:31 | More by tgbljb
Photo of Naes

New York

3.83/5  rDev -3.5%

This beer is jet black and only shows the tiniest bit of brown around the edges when held up to the light. The head is a very light tan and is semi sticky and creamy.

The aroma is of oatmeal and chocolate, a powerful one at that.

The taste is a complex blend of malts and oatmeal. The aftertaste is a wonderful blend of chocolate and coffee. It is a great match to its aroma.

The beer is nicely carbonated, but is just a little bit watery for an oatmeal stout. It’s highly drinkable though, smooth yet flavorful.

Just as good as I remember it being last winter. Bottled about 3 months ago and still delicious.

06-28-2005 01:22:15 | More by Naes
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North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -1.8%

Pours an opaque black with a nice tan head that leaves good lacing down the glass. Aroma is oats, chocolate, molasses and a hing of fig. Taste is similar to the smell, big chocolate, coffee, molasses and oats flavor with a dark fruit and cream in the background. Mouthfeel really is velvety smooth (like it says on the label) with light carbonation, but a crisp and slightly bitter, dry finish that balances the sweetness of the beer well. Drinkability is descent, but its pretty filling (as an Oatmeal stout should be).

06-22-2005 03:51:00 | More by silver0rlead
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4.2/5  rDev +5.8%

Served chilled at 50 degrees from a bottle into a pint glass, it pours a very dark chestnut brown color with a ruby hue. It appears very clean with a 1/4" creamy, tan head that remains on top throughout the tasting in the form of a slight oily filmy layer.

Aroma is most pungeant (sp.). I smell mostly robust, brown roasted malts, with just a hint of smoke, along with slight molasses or caramel that pops through a little, and some almonds as well.

Taking a sip, I taste lots of sweet caramel malts, along with some toasted almonds, which before the swallow, gives way to some sweet cocoa flavors. The grainy oatmeal flavor does come through slightly before the swallow. Carbonation balances well, and it does not kill much of the flavor. Some slight hops even hits me a bit on the swallow (which is an afterthought "note").

The carbonation is nice throughout. However this isn't as creamy as I had thought it would be. Thinner than expected also.

Overall, a great tasting brew taht I enjoyed totally! Do not let a lesser feel rating scare you from this one...very tasty!

05-08-2005 23:18:31 | More by Fish113d
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4.53/5  rDev +14.1%

Poured a deep dark brown with hints of red around the edges and a slight tan head that quickly fell. Fresh gound coffee, toasted malts and dark chocolate to the nose. The taste was of coffee, excellent toasted malt flavors, bittersweet chocolate and a slight hoppy bitterness at the finish. The mouthfeel was smooth, creamy, and not too thick. Very drinkable brew, if I do say so myself. This one is a definite winner.

05-06-2005 03:52:26 | More by soulfly967
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